Pieces showing the artist working in his workshop, studio or in the context of the first academies. Often idealized images. Frequently we see noble looking artist in neat and tidy workshops being visited by distinguished clients. In general lines, a greater inclination towards realism and the representation of art as a trade is observed in Northern European artists– as well as a satirical component such as Rowlandson’s or the lightness of a piece such as Chaponnier’s Le Modèle dispose – from the XVIII century onwards, a time when the artist’s status was already relatively consolidated.

Included here are some of the best known scenes of Renaissance art  workshops; one of Abraham Bosse’s both elegant and informative engravings, Rembrandt’s unfinished etching The Artist drawing from the model, as well as Daniel Chodowiecki’s small masterpierce, Cabinet d’un peintre. The art academy’s values and activities are recreated on diverse pieces, and the set ends up evoking the romantic studio through The Artist’s Dream, an amazing mezzotint of John Sartain that represents an artist’s dream in the solitude of his studio.